Drug Safety

Portland, OR
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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The school is pretty strict, but students definitely drink and do drugs on a regular basis.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: This is a weed school, weed everywhere!

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Being at the graduate school, it's a night and day difference from undergraduate so it's hard to speak to the whole school. Most people in my program are in recovery, sober, or simply don't party a lot

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Marijuana and beer consumption is highly evident amongst the LC students.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: drugs are present, but easily avoidable


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 210th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 880th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 905th
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1124th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1303rd
    Most Drug-Free Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alia Hatlani
Manama, Bahrain
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It is no secret that marijuana is widely used at Lewis & Clark, but there is usually not too much pressure to partake in the activity if you’re simply not interested. Smokers are more likely to be picky about giving it out, so it really isn’t a big issue. That being said, though, it’s definitely prevalent on campus. Most students know how to balance their partying and studying, and if not, learn to because the academics at LC can be demanding depending on the classes, and students can’t afford to be constantly partying if they want decent grades.

Unsurprisingly, alcohol is also prevalent on campus, but it's not usually too big of a problem. A lot of drinking happens off campus or quietly in the dorms. Cigarettes are more popular than would be expected, so much so that the school decided to do something about it. After a survey was sent out to the student body in 2008, nearly 75 percent of students asked for a change in the smoking policy. As a result, there are Designated Smoking Areas or DSAs; these are tables located outside of the dorms, indicated by a green umbrella. Smoking anywhere other than these DSAs is prohibited on campus. The occasional student will rebel against these rules and can be seen walking to class enjoying his or her last cigarette for the hour, but it’s hardly ever a problem. Student smokers typically use the DSAs, and all other non-smoking students are pretty happy about it being that way.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Ecstasy
  • Marijuana
  • Tobacco/nicotine
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling Service
Templeton Campus Center
(503) 768-7160
Therapy for students with alcohol- and drug-related problems is available.
Did You Know?
At Lewis & Clark, alcohol is allowed in the dorms as long as the student is age 21 or older. But providing alcohol to a person under 21 years of age can get the 21-and-up students into a lot of trouble.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 21 responses

  • 38% Marijuana
  • 37% Alcohol
  • 12% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 6% Ecstasy
  • 6% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 2% None
  • 0% Cocaine
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 21 responses

  • 24% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 48% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 24% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 0% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 5% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 21 responses

  • 10% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 48% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 29% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 14% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 0% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 20 responses

  • 0% Practically unlimited.
  • 70% Somewhat abundant.
  • 20% Somewhat limited.
  • 10% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 20 responses

  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 5% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 60% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 35% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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